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   OUTDOOR EYES NEWSLETTER April 2003 Issue      
 

Thank you for subscribing to the Outdoor Eyes Newsletter. I realize that not all articles will be of Logo equal importance to you, that some of the information enclosed will already be known and understood. But, if Outdoor Eyes motivates you to explore a new photography technique or an outdoor adventure, then it has fulfilled its purpose. Enjoy this month's issue.  Philip "PT" Tulin

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In This Issue

  • Digital Image Recovery
  • Aidless Navigation
  • The Effect Of Weather & Seasonal Changes
  • How To Use A Monopod
  • OTG Wildlife Tracking
  • The Balance Of Nature
  • Featured OE Links
     
    Subscriber's Contributions
  • Motion-Activated Photography
  • Adding Blue Sky & Clouds
     
  • ...Digital Image Recovery

    Don't panic! All computer equipment fails after a certain amount of time and camera cards such as CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Sony Memory Sticks, XD Cards, etc. are no exception. Unfortunately, they seem OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes to fail when you have stored the most important photographs. The lost images could also be due to erasing or formatting a camera card. If it looks like your data is gone, erased, reformatted, overwritten or corrupted it is still often possible to retrieve it, even if your software tells you it's too late. If you don't panic and know what to do next, there is a good chance you may be able to salvage your images.  Top
    How do I recover my lost images?

    ...Aidless Navigation

    It's exciting to explore a new area that you've read about. But don't get so excited that you can't find your way back to where you started from. Sometimes, during the moment of On-The-Go Photography, we OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes sometimes forget that if proceed into uncharted waters, we might not be able to find the way back. That is when some navigation knowledge in the woods proves absolutely necessary. How many times have you seen some wildlife in the distance, and without even thinking, you're off in their direction? Maybe you don't even think that you're going that far off the beaten path. But, low and behold, you're somewhat lost.  Top
    Learn about aidless navigation.

    ...The Effect Of Weather & Seasonal Changes

    Wildlife tends to relate to the weather in the same way that we do. When it is cold, wildlife tends to OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes stay in a covered area to remain warm. In hot weather, wildlife tends to stay in a cool, shady area. Their sense of smell is changed so they are more fearful of the danger that potentially lurks in the outdoors. During rain storms, wildlife also tend to remain inactive. Once the storm is over or the temperature changes, much wildlife activity will be seen.  Top
    Learn about the effect of weather.

    ...How To Use A Monopod

    OTG Digital Photography is not possible without the monopod with a flexible ball head that allows the OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes desired camera orientation needed to produce all types of photographs. The monopod is not considered a replacement for the tripod as the tripod will always be steadier for taking photographs. But the monopod is easier to carry, easier to move around, lighter than the tripod, less confining and quicker during OTG Digital Photography.  Top
    Learn how to use a monopod.

    ...On-The-Go Wildlife Tracking

    There are three ways to see wildlife: start hiking and hope that you become lucky, try to follow the tracks that you found during your hike or try to understand the story behind the tracks. Don't think OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes that tracks are limited to deer, moose, fox, dogs and the rest of the animals that come to mind when tracks are mentioned. Ants, turtles, snakes, birds and a whole assortment of reptiles and insects leave tracks, too. OTG Wildlife Tracking doesn't necessarily mean seeing physical tracks. It is also an awareness that a OTG Wildlife Photography opportunity exists without ever having seeing any tracks. By understanding tracking concepts, you will become more aware of more wildlife, even if you can't identify the tracks.  Top
    Learn more about OTG wildlife tracking.



    From The Editor
     
    The Balance Of Nature

    A few moments ago, I proceeded to walk into the kitchen to pour a glass of water when a tremendous crash was heard on the sliding glass doors in the kitchen. Every so often, my kitchen doors have been hit by a OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes few birds. Fortunately, there have been no loss of bird life. But as I heard the noise, I realized that this crash was a completely different sounding thud. It was extremely loud. I quickly looked out and to my surprise, I saw a Sharp-Shined Hawk on the ground about 3 feet away from me. Could the bird fly? Why was the wing in such a disarray? Numerous thoughts were flashing by in my mind as the bird definitely looked like it had a broken wing as it tried to fly away, but to no avail. I have always tried to save hurt animals. But I had absolutely no plan for this size bird. I quickly grabbed my telephone to get advice from my daughter, a veterinarian, on how to save the hawk. Before I even pushed the first number on the telephone, I realized that the broken wing was not a broken hawk's wing after all. As I moved closer to the door, the hawk flew away with the dove. I missed photographing the balance of nature, but I didn't regret thinking of the hurt hawk first. I would have done the same again.  Top


    Subscriber Contributions
     
    Motion-Activated Photography
    by Ronald Urbassik

    My wife and I always see deer tracks in the snow near our deer feeder. We rarely see the deer since they only appear during the middle of the night. She asked me to photograph the deer for her and I was not OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes about to wait patiently each night, not knowing if I was even going to have the opportunity for a photograph. I set my digital camera on a tripod in the barn looking out an open window pointed in the direction of the deer feeder. I bought a motion-activated security light at a discount department store for $8.45 (without light bulbs) and a 12 volt solenoid on the Internet for $9.95. When motion is detected (either day or night), the solenoid presses the camera button and photographs deer, wild turkey or other wildlife that might appear.  Top

    Adding Blue Sky & Clouds
    by Bill Richardson

    Just because the sky did not cooperate with the moment doesn't mean that the photograph is entirely ruined. With the help of Adobe Photoshop and the cloud filter, it is possible to create an entirely different feeling for your photograph.  Top
    Learn how to add blue sky & clouds.
     

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